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From Bergen: Scenic Fjord Cruise to Mostraumen

1. From Bergen: Scenic Fjord Cruise to Mostraumen

Discover the stunning natural beauty of the Norwegian fjords on a scenic fjord cruise from Bergen. Board a modern and comfortable boat and catch views of Bryggen, a UNESCO World Heritage site, as you set sail from the city center. Venture through the majestic Osterfjord with striking mountain landscapes and waterfalls. The further into the fjord you get, the steeper and more powerful the mountain landscape becomes. Enter the sun deck as the captain steers the boat’s bow so close to a waterfall that you can feel its refreshing spray on your face. Sit back and relax on the sun deck or inside the warm and comfortable cabin, and remember to look for eagles along the fjord's shores. Stop by the kiosk for some tasty locally baked treats to enjoy as you take in the wonderful scenery.

Bergen: Self-Guided Round-Trip Full-Day Excursion

2. Bergen: Self-Guided Round-Trip Full-Day Excursion

Make your way to the Bergen Railway, where you'll board a comfortable train that will take you on scenic ride to Voss. Hop off in Voss and switch to the bus for a ride through the area's quaint villages to Gudvangen. Between the months of May and September, the bus will also travel the steep road to Stalheimskleiva, comprised of hairpin turns and epic views. Once you reach Gudvangen, step aboard a two-hour premium fjord cruise on a modern hybrid boat to journey through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed fjords. See both Aurlandsfjord, a picturesque fjord offering stunning views, and the mountain-lined Nærøyfjord, one of the narrowest in Europe. Go ashore in Flåm, where you'll get on yet another train that travels the Flåm Railway. The panoramic views on the route are sure to impress. Take advantage of photo opportunities of the surrounding fjords along the way. Disembark in Myrdal and get back on the Bergen Railway, making your return to the trip's starting point.

Bergen: Self-Guided Nærøyfjord Cruise and Flåm Railway Tour

3. Bergen: Self-Guided Nærøyfjord Cruise and Flåm Railway Tour

Travel through Norway's beautiful natural scenery on this self-guided tour from Bergen. Leave the city behind to navigate around the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Nærøyfjorden on a boat and ride aboard one of the world's steepest railways from Flåm to Myrdal. Begin your journey at Bergen Railway Station, taking in panoramic views of nature as you depart toward Voss. Once in Voss, board your bus to Gudvangen, stopping in Stalheim along the way in the summer months. Climb onto a modern electric boat in Gudvangen for your scenic cruise. Enjoy a relaxing ride on the lake and gaze at the awe-striking Nærøyfjord, surrounded by tall mountains. Disembark in Flåm to continue your adventure aboard its iconic railway. On your 20-kilometer ride to Myrdal, take in views of imposing mountains and the famous Kjosfossen Waterfall. Finish your experience at Myrdal station, then switch to the Bergen Line to head back to the starting point.

Bergen: Fjord Cruise to Sognefjord and Bøyabreen Glacier

4. Bergen: Fjord Cruise to Sognefjord and Bøyabreen Glacier

On this tour you can experience coastal and fjord landscapes and Bøyabreen Glacier on the same day. Your journey starts in Bergen, and you can enjoy the wonderful coastal landscape among islands, islets and rocks, as well as the world-famous long stretch of Sognefjorden on your way to Balestrand. On your arrival at Balestrand – a village that is a favourite among artists – you change to a smaller sightseeing boat that takes you further into the idyllic Fjærlandsfjorden to Fjærland. On the cruise from Balestrand to Fjærland, you may enjoy a good dinner, snacks and beverage while viewing the fantastic Fjærlandsfjord. (Food and drinks on your own cost) When arriving in Fjærland, the tour continues by bus to the Norwegian Glacier Museum. This museum is an interactive museum that gives you knowledge about glacier and climate in a new innovative way. After the visit to the museum, the tour continues up to Bøyabreen glacier – a branch of Jostedalsbreen glacier. Here you can take few photos and see up close how the movement of the glacier forms the landscape. So keep your camera ready for unique photos! Afterwards the bus returns to Fjærland quay, and the tour returns by boat back to Balestrand and Bergen. The trip back gives you the chance to reflect on the fact that these fjords were shaped several thousand years ago by ice. Timetable 08:00: Departure by boat from Strandkaiterminalen (Norled – Strandkaien 15) 11.50: Arrival Balestrand (Next to sightseeing boat) 12.10: Departure Balestrand 13:25: Arrival Fjærland 13:30: The bus takes You to the Norwegian Glacier museum and Bøyabreen glacier and returns to Fjærland in time for departure with boat. 15:15 Departure from Bøyabreen 15:30: Departure Fjærland 16:45: Arrival Balestrand 16:50: Departure Balestrand (Next to sightseeing boat) 20:45: Arrival Bergen

Pocket Bryggen: A Self-Guided Audio tour in Bergen

5. Pocket Bryggen: A Self-Guided Audio tour in Bergen

Bergen’s historic harbour district, Bryggen, has long been an important part of Norway’s history. In the 12th century, the area flourished as an economic centre under the commercial domination of the Hanseatic League, a medieval merchants’ guild originating in Germany, but its survival was threatened over the centuries. On this walking tour, I’ll shed light on some of the area’s rich and complex history, and tell you how Bryggen rose from the ashes to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. Starting and ending in front of the harbour, this tour takes you through the Bryggen Hansa Quarter. Along the way, you’ll learn about the commercial area’s medieval origins, and its quick expansion. You’ll walk through its narrow wooden streets, hearing about the iconic architecture around you. I’ll also tell you about the daily working life of the Hanseatic merchants and the struggles they faced, the stockfish trade that made the area commercially rich, and the tense relations between Norwegians and the Hanseatic community. I’ll also show you the district’s main landmarks, like the Hanseatic Museum and Schøtstuene Assembly Rooms, St. Mary’s Church, Bryggens Museum, and Kjøbmandsstuen (an old Hanseatic Merchant’s Hall). On this Bryggen walking tour, you’ll have the chance to: • Find out why Norwegians despised Bryggen until the first half of the 1900s • See where the medieval ”red light district” once was • Discover where the statue of ”the naked truth” is • Learn what a king cod is and where the name comes from • Find out why part of Bryggen is made from wood and another part was rebuilt with bricks • Imagine what life was like for Hanseatic merchants in the 1400s This tour is perfect for anyone who wants to delve deeper into Bergen’s history while enjoying a leisurely walk through the streets of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Join me on this hour-long tour to meet Bryggen’s medieval merchants and fishermen, and hear their stories!

Bergen: Self-Guided Day Trip to Oslo

6. Bergen: Self-Guided Day Trip to Oslo

With UNESCO-listed fjords and snow-capped mountain ranges that stretch around the country, Norway offers a land of alluring landscapes to tempt any traveler. The best way to see it is by train, bus, and boat, throughout a hassle-free day tour. Hop aboard to discover the countryside that frames the Bergen and Flåm railways, and admire Aurlandsfjord, Nærøyfjord, the village of Flåm, and more. Bergen is the second-largest city in Norway. The municipality covers 465 square kilometers, and sits on the peninsula of Bergenshalvøyen. The city center and northern neighborhoods are on Byfjorden, "the city fjord", and the city is surrounded by mountains. Bergen is also known as the "city of seven mountains". The Flåm Railway is one of the world's steepest railways. It is 20 kilometers long, with a descent of 865 meters and a gradient of one in 18. It also consists of 20 tunnels with a total length of 6 kilometers - evidence of the most daring and skillful engineering in the history of Norwegian railways.

From Bergen: Self-Guided Sognefjord Trip

7. From Bergen: Self-Guided Sognefjord Trip

Discover the incredible scenery of Sognefjord, Norway's longest and deepest fjord, as you enjoy a train journey through one of the world's most stunning mountain ranges. Take a once-in-a-lifetime adventure through the Jotunheimen mountains, as you combine a scenic boat journey along the Sognefjord with an awe-inspiring train ride on the Flåm Railway. Absorb the breathtaking views on one of the world's steepest train journeys, as you spiral in and out of the mountains down to the fjord. Savor the dramatic landscape of one of Norway's most beautiful areas, and immerse yourself in the unique cultural attractions within the fjord.

Bergen op Zoom: Escape Tour - Self Guided Citygame

8. Bergen op Zoom: Escape Tour - Self Guided Citygame

With the Escape Tour Bergen op Zoom you put yourself in the shoes of Jan II van Glymes. He is well-known slum landlord, also known as the Prince Bernhard of a few centuries ago. Van Glymes was stingy and came every day to collect his money. Could she not pay? Then you had to pay in kind. This yielded him no fewer than 50 children... One of his bastard sons wants to kill him and so Jan runs away. Will you help him escape from Bergen op Zoom? Choose your starting time with your teammates, beginning at anytime day or night. Make your way across the city, checking off tasks to find all the clues you need to reach the secret passage. As you search for clues, marvel at the beautiful sights of the town. Walk past the beautiful town hall, wander through the lovely streets and keep an eye out for the many historic buildings in the city center. Work quickly, and you and your team could set the record for the fastest tour. Good luck!

Bergen: Sherlock Holmes Murder Mystery Game

9. Bergen: Sherlock Holmes Murder Mystery Game

ABOUT THE ACTIVITY Experience the excitement of being a detective and join the thrilling Sherlock Holmes game with your team. While celebrating freedom at the Liberty Festival, a man named Balthazar, the head of Homeland Security, is found dead with a knife in his back. The police have apprehended four suspects and it's up to you to solve the case and uncover the truth. By moving around the city you will unlock assignments. Here you will find characters who are willing to help. But the information comes at a price! Solve their puzzles, take on hilarious photochallenges, chase down culprits and play along to get closer to solving the murder. During this Murder Mystery you can check your progress on the suspect board. Can you solve the murder? Play Sherlock Holmes! This is a fun activity to do with your family when visiting a city. The game has a low difficulty level and therefore suitable to play with kids. But also as a couple this game can be a lot of fun! Can you solve the murder of Balthazar together? IMPORTANT INFORMATION - Date: to book this game you have to choose a date, BUT you can play, pause & continue whenever you like. - Persons: 1 player stands for 1 team. - Note: this City Game uses the city as an interactive playing field, but does not provide any information about the city!

Off the Beaten Track in Bergen: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

10. Off the Beaten Track in Bergen: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

Historically a separate residential area, Sandviken has become one of Bergen’s most picturesque neighbourhoods, with peaceful houses nestled between its spectacular vistas and narrow alleys. Join me, a local guide, as I show you why I dream of living in the same place that was once home to the star of Bergen’s most popular drinking song, Madam Felle. This walking tour starts at Saint Mary’s Church, the oldest preserved stone building in the city. As homage to Bergen’s trade origins, I’ll introduce you to the Hanseatic merchants, who bargained for the stockfish that was dried in Norway and have bestowed the church with rich ornamentation since 1408. Then, I’ll explain how the industrial revolution laid the foundations of modern Sandviken as I tell you about the textile industry and show you buildings that housed its labourers along Nye Sandviksveien – New Sandviken, a road which finally connected the neighbourhood to the city center in 1873. At the other end of the street, we’ll enter “Old Sandviken”. There, you’ll see quaint wooden houses, including the world’s smallest house with a mansard roof, and I’ll show you the building where Madam Felle ran her pub before taking you to her statue to learn the famous song written in her honour. Finally, we’ll finish our walk at the Norwegian Fisheries Museum where you can enjoy a breathtaking view over the fjord and, season permitting, catch a ferry back to the city center from Bod24. Along the way you’ll also hear: • Why the fire stations tend to burn down in Bergen • Who the city’s statues of boys in uniform represent • How a large boat anchor came to lie on Sandviksfjellet Mountain since WW2 • Where to get free books from a repurposed telephone booth You will need just over an hour to complete our itinerary. And, remember to bring a rain jacket, just in case! (Umbrellas tend not to last very long around here.) I’ll show you some cozy spots to stop along the way but it’s worth being prepared for all seasons so you can take your time to appreciate the rustic real estate daydream that is Sandviken.

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based on 3 reviews

Everything worked great with GetYourGuide, but it was difficult with the actual organizer. We only received all the information very late, which was a bit exhausting for us in the planning (16 hours before the start of the trip). The trip itself was very nice! Unfortunately we were not able to do the full cruise due to weather conditions but a replacement was arranged. We liked the Flam Railway best, followed by the shortened boat trip. It is a long journey and we would recommend taking plenty of provisions with you. Since we traveled in winter, a cafe/restaurants were closed.

Amazing trip deep into a beautiful fjord while soaking in the sights of beautiful snow capped mountains, small villages, high rock cliffs in a comfortable high speed catamaran. One cannot stop clicking pics. Highly recommended!

Excellent Well organised.smooth.exceeded my expectations. The scenery was gorgeous and the instructions given for the tour clear .

Der Ausflug ist toll gewesen. Wir sitzen noch gerade im Zug Richrung Bergen. Wir haben wirklich viel Spaß gehabt.

Very clear step by step instructions for self-guided tour